The Bills added Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary in the 3rd round. The 5’8, 203-pounder disappointed with an ugly 8th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. But he was a tackle-breaking machine at Florida Atlantic, ranking 3rd in this draft class in Pro Football Focus’ 2018 Elusive Rating. Singletary checks the production box, too, racking up 4,287 yards and 66 TDs on 6.0 yards per carry over the past 3 years. He added another 397 yards on 51 catches. There’s plenty of long-term opportunity for Singletary in a Buffalo backfield with old guys LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore, plus free-agent addition T.J. Yeldon.
The Bills have reached a 2-year deal with RB T.J. Yeldon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That puts Yeldon in a backfield with soon-to-be-36 Frank Gore and soon-to-be-31 LeSean McCoy, who is coming off the most inefficient rushing season of his career. Yeldon caught 30+ passes in each of his 4 seasons with the Jaguars, averaging 3.4 per game over his time there. He stands a shot at a decent receiving role there, but it's also a tough situation for touch volume. Yeldon's no more than a late-round flier/handcuff in fantasy football drafts.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Bills have reached a 1-year, $2 million deal with RB Frank Gore. The 35-year-old (until May) lost the final 2 games of last season to a foot injury but posted 4.6 yards per cary before that -- his best mark since 2012 with the Niners. Gore joins a backfield that looks like it'll still be led by LeSean McCoy, but McCoy managed the 2nd-fewest carries of his career in 2018, tallying the fewest rushing yards (514) and yards per carry (3.2) of his career. It's an upside spot for Gore as a fantasy handcuff. Buffalo also still has veteran RB Chris Ivory around, though he sports a cuttable contract. We'll see what else the Bills do with their backfield this offseason.
Dolphins RB Frank Gore is expected to miss the final 2 games of the season with his sprained foot, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. They'll be Gore's 1st missed games since 2010. With Gore sidelined for most of yesterday's loss to the Vikings, Kenyan Drake out-snapped Kalen Ballage 28 to 26. But Ballage carried 12 times and saw 1 target, while Drake finished with 1 carry and 3 targets. This will be a backfield to try to avoid in Week 16 against the Jaguars.
Dolphins RB Frank Gore suffered a sprained foot in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He’ll undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the extent of the damage. Check back then for an update.
Dolphins RB Frank Gore suffered a left leg injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Minnesota. He didn't put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field and was then carted back to the locker room. We'll update Gore's status when we learn more.
Dolphins HC Adam Gase said he'd ideally like to get RB Kenyan Drake "anywhere from 15-20 carries and 6-8 targets" per game. Even the low end of those ranges would put Drake around 300 total touches. The actual numbers are less important than the fact that it sounds like Gase is ready to make Drake the clear lead back. ESPN's Cameron Wolfe expects RB Frank Gore to mix in in short-yardage and goal-line situations. That'd ding Drake's TD upside. But 15-20 touches per game would give him a shot at RB1 production. He's looked excellent this preseason, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 9.4 yards per catch.
The Dolphins released their 1st "unofficial" depth chart Sunday, which included listing Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake as co-starters at HB. It's not a surprising move but indicates how important Miami coaches want the veteran back to be. We're still betting on Drake leading the workload and backfield receiving, but it'll be interesting to see exactly how the Dolphins split touches between them.
The Dolphins added Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ballage certainly looks the part. He goes 6’2, 228 pounds with 4.4 speed and an 85th percentile SPARQ score. But neither the tape nor the production match that scintillating size-athleticism combination. Ballage struggles to make defenders miss and mustered just 4.4 yards per carry over his 4-year college career. He never even led his Arizona State backfield in carries. On the plus side, Ballage has flashed plus pass-catching ability, registering a 44-469-1 receiving line back in 2016. He’s a boom/bust prospect. Ballage joins Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore in Miami’s backfield.
The Dolphins have signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year deal, according to insider Armando Salguero. It's a homecoming for Gore, who played his college ball at The U. The soon-to-be 35-year-old is on his last legs now, averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry in 3 straight seasons. He figures to be more of a veteran presence in Miami than a threat to Kenyan Drake's lead role. Consider it good news for Drake's 2018 fantasy value if this is all the Fins add to the backfield.
Colts GM Chris Ballard officially ruled out QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) for this Sunday's opener against the Rams. "He's in the training phase right now," Ballard added. "Mentally, he's in the best place he's been." It's been clear for a while now that Luck wouldn't be ready for the opener. Getting ruled out so early in the week is a reminder that he's uncertain for Week 2 and beyond. QB Scott Tolzien will start vs. the Rams. He's not a fantasy option and lowers the fantasy ceiling on all of Indianapolis' skill-position guys.
The Colts selected RB Marlon Mack in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. We’re a bit surprised they didn’t add a back sooner, but they got good value here. Mack flashed big time acceleration and speed at South Florida, where he racked up 3,609 yards on a 6.2 per-carry average over the past 3 years. He ran a mediocre 4.50-second 40 at the Combine but put his explosion on display with an 89th percentile score in the broad jump. Mack needs to add some discipline to his game but certainly has the tools to succeed at the next level. He’ll learn a lot from veteran Frank Gore.
Colts RB Frank Gore totaled 74 yards and a score in Sunday's loss to the Texans. Most of that damage -- 33 yards and the TD -- came in the passing game. Gore took a screen pass and weaved through traffic for an 18-yard score in the 3rd quarter. He fared fine on the ground, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. But the Colts only fed him 10 times in a game they trailed for most of. Gore has been steady for fantasy owners all season, posting 11+ PPR points in 10 of 13 games. He travels to Minnesota next week to face a Vikings team that's allowed 4.3 yards per carry to RBs over the last 6 games.
The Colts release RB Stevan Ridley, less than a week after signing him. He's still only 27 years old, but his career appears to be on the ropes. Indy now has Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson and Jordan Todman behind starter Frank Gore.
The Colts have signed RB Stevan Ridley, who was recently cut by the Lions. The 27-year-old couldn't beat out Zach Zenner, George Winn or Dwayne Washington in Detroit, which says a lot about his ability at this point. Indy's RB corps behind starter Frank Gore is even weaker, though, so Ridley has a shot to win the backup job. He, Robert Turbin, Josh Ferguson and Jordan Todman all remain undraftable for now.
Robert Turbin is the Colts' "likely #2 back," according to the Indy Star's Stephen Holder. Rookie RB Josh Ferguson was hyped up during the spring but has busted in preseason action, averaging just .7 yards per carry and struggling in pass protection. Turbin hasn't been much better -- 1.8 yards per carry -- but at least has experience in a backup role. RB Jordan Todman also remains in the mix. “This game and the next game are going to be very important to the rest of those guys behind (Frank Gore),” HC Chuck Pagano said of the final 2 preseason contests. “All those guys are going to get some reps and somebody’s got to start to emerge.” The fantasy takeaway: Don't bother handcuffing Gore.
As expected, new Colts OC Rob Chudzinski plans to manage the workload of RB Frank Gore. “I don’t like the word ‘pitch count,’ ” Chudzinski said. “But I think the word is that we have to be smart in making sure that we have a rotation that keeps (Gore) fresh and effective throughout the course of the season. What that is in numbers isn’t as important. I think, as a coach, you assess that as you’re going through the course of the season.” Gore handled a hefty 294 touches last year, a number he’s highly unlikely to hit in 2016. But Indy still lacks depth behind him, so the veteran shouldn’t hurt for 15+ touches per week.
Colts rookie RB Josh Ferguson went undrafted, but the team considered selecting him as early as the 4th round, according to insider Stephen Holder. As soon as the draft ended, the team called Ferguson's agent and told him to "name a price," per Holder. Ferguson ended up signing 1 of the most lucrative UDFA contracts this year. HC Chuck Pagano said recently that Ferguson is “not just a third-down back. He’s a good runner. He’s explosive and twitchy and he’s got a jump cut that’s really, really good." He's in the mix for the #2 RB job behind 33-year-old Frank Gore. Ferguson's main competition for that spot will be Robert Turbin, who's averaging 4.0 yards per carry through 4 NFL seasons.
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